Sundance is considered to be one of the very top short film festivals, and is perhaps even more varied than Cannes when handing out its short awards.

Souvenir Souvenir by Bastien Dubois (2020) (France) (16m)

The Sundance-winning Souvenir Souvenir is an animated documentary meta-movie exploring the filmmaker's attempts to learn about what his grandfather did in the Algerian War (1954-1962), a conflict which I knew little about but is apparently infamous for the crimes committed by French forces on Algerian civilians. Indeed, although the theme of the film is the veteran's unwillingness (or inability) to talk about the war, what little we do hear from an Algerian civilian is shocking and could signify more...


Hudson Geese by Bernardo Britto (2020) (USA) (5m)

Written and directed by Bernardo Britto, who had previously made the Sundance-winning Yearbook, the short animation Hudson Geese really spoke to me as its premise was something that had actually crossed my mind (our speciesism is pretty disgusting). It tells the story of a male goose who visits the Hudson River on his way north to Canada. On his way out he meets with disaster, but who will remember him and his friends in the aftermath? Will Clint Eastwood make a film about them?

Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy by Lewie Kloster (2016) (USA) (4m)

Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy, directed by Lewie Kloster, was in competition at Sundance in 2017. This is perhaps due to the fact that Christine Choy has previously been nominated as a documentary filmmaker at Sundance. It tells the short story of Christine's penchant for Benson & Hedges' cigarettes, and how she discovered the cheapest way of feeding her habit was to buy a cheap flight to Toronto and buy the cigarettes in a Duty Free shop. However, she discovered a problem in Canada

I Am An Actress

Waves 98 by Ely Hagder (2015) (Lebanon) (15m)

Waves 98 won the Palm d'Or in 2015 and was in competition at Sundance in 2016. It tells the story of a depressed young man in post-war Beirut, Lebanon. He is lured into the city centre by a strange golden glow. But what will he find there? A big golden metaphor. Visually immersive, the pacing is a little slow to begin with but improves after five minutes. In a way it reminds me of the wonderful short film, Goodbye, by American Tyler Russo.


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